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This was a surprise visit!  We were out shopping with our youngest daughter, and her favorite food is BBQ ribs.  We decided to try Rib City Grill, and I’m glad we did.  Definitely worth a visit!

I hope Rib City doesn't mind me using this photo from their website, I didn't bring my camera with me on this outing!

Order:  I ordered the full rack of baby back ribs which were on special for just $9.99!  My husband ordered the combo plate, with a half rack of ribs and smoked turkey.

Location:  14415 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Suite 117B in Vancouver, Washington

What I Think:

We could smell the BBQ goodness as soon as we walked in the door.  We were all very hungry so we were ready to eat!

The special on the board just inside the door announced that a full rack of “Baby Babies” was just $9.99 and really, how could you beat that?  Along with the full slab of ribs, I got my choice of two sides, and I chose the baked beans and french fries.  Also accompanying the meal was a thick slice of garlic toast.

The ribs were perfectly cooked.  They were super tender – we’re talking melt in your mouth tender – and the bones just slid right out of the slab of meat!  I like the way it was cooked on the outside, with just a little bit of char on the edges.  They were sauced (or rubbed?) with seasoning prior to cooking (or perhaps basted while cooking), but I added some of the sauce.  I enjoyed both the Tangy and the Sweet sauces, and I found that what I liked best was to combine these two together.

My husband shared with me a slice of his turkey, and I’ve got to say that it was very delicious as well.  Super moist and tender.

I kept finding myself returning to the bowl of baked beans.  They were just the way I like them, just what I remember from going to barbeques as a kid … the beans were tender and the sauce was sweet and a little sticky, as if it had been cooked and reduced and caramelized a little.

The garlic toast was good, although it was a little predictable.  Basically, it was a piece of Texas toast that had been buttered and then grilled until toasty.  Tasty, yes.  Worth writing about beyond this?  No.  The french fries are the same:  golden brown and delicious, I liked that the skins were still on them and that they were crispy, they tasted fresh.

But what made that meal special for me are the ribs, and I guess that’s the way it should be.  If you want fries, go to McDonalds!  (or better yet, go to Little Big Burger!)  If you want a yummy, sticky, messy BBQ meal that is sure to please all the carnivores out there, go to Rib City!

My Final Thoughts:

Everything was super delicious.  This is the place you want to go to hungry and you’ll leave full!  I have a feeling we’ll be visiting this place often!  (For those in the Portland/Vancouver area, I was told by the cashier that the Baby Babies full rack deal for just $9.99 is offered every Sunday and Monday!)

Editor’s Note:  After a recent return visit, we’ve come to discover that the Baby Babies Full Rack deal on Sunday and Monday is now $11.99.  Still an excellent deal.

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For the past few months, my husband and I have been driving past Goldie’s BBQ on an almost weekly basis.  It is very close to my daughter’s dance school.  As we’d drive by, we’d say something like “we really ought to try that place sometime…” Finally, we decided it was time!

photo from Goldies BBQ website

Location:  15640 NE 4th Plain Road in Vancouver, WA

Order:  we (my husband and I) ordered a couple of combination plates to share so that we could get a little bit of a bunch of what Goldie’s has to offer.  We ordered 1 Two Meat Combo Plate ($14.99) and 1 Three Meat Combo Plate ($16.99) to share between the two of us.

What I think:

The atmosphere at Goldie’s BBQ is pretty unremarkable:  not a lot of flash or flair, but, really, it doesn’t need it.  Here, the food does all the talking.  It doesn’t need a lot of fancy decor to spice things up – the spice is in the food!

You have the choice of two different sauces:  spicy or mild.  Actually, there is a third sauce – “mixed” – which I presume is a mixture of the first two.  I chose the mild sauce but asked for a side of the spicy sauce just to get a taste of what I might be missing.  I am glad that I chose the mild sauce!  The spicy sauce is just that.  SPICY!  The mild sauce is sweet with a little tangy kick but I would have liked just a little more spice.  I think next time I visit, I’ll have to try the mixed sauce … I’m thinking it will be the best of both worlds.

Also along with our combination plates, were were given the choice of four sides, and I chose one each of french fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries and baked beans.  The first three were pretty average.  They tasted like others I’ve had before.  They weren’t bad at all – they were very tasty – but, they weren’t going to bring me back for more.  The baked beans, on the other hand, well, they are quite good.  Sweet, brown-sugar-y goodness.  They taste to me like they had been simmering over low heat for a long time.

The meats I chose on our combination platters were baby back ribs, beef brisket (although, there was an error with our order and we received beef ribs instead), pulled pork, mild sausage and chicken drummettes.  Each combination plate also came with a slice of white bread.  The meats were placed upon the bread and then topped with sauce.  This bread sops up the sauce and drippings and becomes quite a treat itself!

My favorite is a toss-up between the pulled pork and the baby back ribs.  The pulled pork was melt-in-my-mouth tender.  The baby back ribs were also tender and they had the benefit of the sauce being caramelized on the meat, so I guess the ribs are the winner!  Overall, the only real disappointment (other than not getting a chance to try the brisket) was the chicken drummettes.  These were overcooked.  But, because the rest was so good, it’s hard to be too disappointed by the drummettes.

While I really enjoyed our meal from Goldie’s BBQ, the next time I visit, I will be armed with a little more knowledge:  Don’t order fries or onion rings, instead, get the beans and maybe the potato salad or coleslaw.  I also won’t be ordering the drummettes.  Instead, I’ll stick to the deliciously tender ribs and pulled pork … and maybe next time I’ll try the brisket!

My Final Thoughts:  

If you’re looking for good barbecue in the Portland area, you should definitely give Goldie’s BBQ a try.  I’m hooked!

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